Last month I posted an article titled Old School V. New School, I have received lots of great comments and emails from this article and really enjoyed writing it as it made me think a lot about my grandfather and father. One of the last comments mentioned the difference between computer designed furniture and cabinets as compared to woodworker designed. This is a subject that I have been interested in for some time. As a project manager for a national multi-family builder I built on a ve...
I am happy to release my next Straightedge video. I am also exited that the topic this time has to do with turning. When I finally got the footage to make the funny bit at the beginning of the video, I was overjoyed to finally proceed with making a video that addresses the issue of using logs from trees cut down in urban areas. This was supposed to be an easy video to make, but it turned out to be my most difficult yet. The original title of this video was “Turning Green Wood”...
In my last posting I ran through some of the issues and thoughts behind keeping the shop in the garage instead of adding a dedicated outbuilding. Boiled down to soup & nuts, a combination of money, space, and HOA restrictions will keep me out of a dedicated shed type workshop, but I will be adding a shed to get the remaining non workshop stuff out of the shop. (Lawn & garden, and BBQ equipment and supplies like charcoal and smoking wood) About this time, I was starting to get tract...
In this episode I talk about fire safety.
Ok so I purchased a new table saw from Home Depot for $35. I was missing lots of parts like, one table extention(wing), blade gard, rails and rip fence. All and all it would cost about $400 to purchase the parts new. Luckly by buddy in Lancaster gave me his old rail and fence system. So I made a zero clearance insert and can’t wait to use it. So now I am starting to build a work bench for the saw and my router.
Unfortunately, the day job had me working all weekend, so I didn’t get much shop time. However, I was able to edge joint all the boards, cut the biscuit slots and glue it up. Today, my “apprentice” showed up and we were able to cut it to size, scrape the joint lines flush, and hand plane the ends flat. We then used a router and a simple jig to reference a fence off the ends to cut the tenons for the breadboards. I had one small lapse in concentration and forgot...
Hello LJs, Many years ago, I started to write as a way to entertain my friends at GEICO. I would often compose a set of horoscopes and send them to the those with an odd since of humor. Tonight’s blog discusses my continued practice with cuts, but quickly degrades into a set of horoscopes. I hope you enjoy. http://bit.ly/aEKJsr Brian
Have not had a chance to do any more actual sawdust making… want to though!! I did some sanding, filling, staining, sanding, and shellac’ing. The head-side (left) turned out a bit darker than I intended but I’m okay with it. I distressed it a little bit, which has been my plan all along, and I love how it looks. I love having the super smooth and shiny surface with the dings and scratch marks very visible. The footboard is absolutely perfect for wha...
I made a trip to my favorite wood supplier. The reason that he’s my favorite is that all of the wood I get is free. I get the scraps, cutoffs, splits etc from his door and window making process. I’ve been collecting Honduras Mahogany in my latest trips. Today one of the pieces had a name on it 6/4 Acajou. That was new to me and in my research is also called Honduras Mahogany some places call it just Genuine Mahogany. Over the last month I’ve probably picked up about 300 B...
I was going to make the curved moldings and trim next but the roller support I ordered for the band saw is on back order. So I decided to start work on the head board assembly and front assembly. The first thing I did was rough cut all the pieces I needed for the crib. After cutting the pieces for the front assembly to finish size, I laid out the slats and doweled them to the bottom and top boards. I had to remember to work from the center out for layout and routing. While the ...
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